Thursday, April 26, 2018


First come, first serve! Want to learn more about CHOCOLATE?! Experience the world of chocolate with special guest, Kim Larkin! You’ll learn about the history of chocolate, partake in some chocolate trivia, and last but not least, MAKE and TAKE your CHOCOLATE creations home! This event is for grades 6 to 12.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018


In keeping with National Poetry Month, Thursday, April 26th is Poem In Your Pocket Day! Poem in Your Pocket Day intends to unite people in a day of celebration for poetry! Stop by the Poem Display on your way in the Robbins Library where you can pick up a poem to place in your pocket! Take a printed poem or write your own poem to keep or share!
Want to know what poem I'll have in my pocket?!


Let Evening Come by Jane Kenyon

Let the light of late afternoon
shine through chinks in the barn, moving
up the bales as the sun moves down.

Let the cricket take up chafing
as a woman takes up her needles
and her yarn. Let evening come.

Let dew collect on the hoe abandoned
in long grass. Let the stars appear
and the moon disclose her silver horn.

Let the fox go back to its sandy den.
Let the wind die down. Let the shed
go black inside. Let evening come.

To the bottle in the ditch, to the scoop
in the oats, to air in the lung
let evening come.

Let it come, as it will, and don’t
be afraid. God does not leave us
comfortless, so let evening come.

While the poem is definitely about the sadness of life ending, it always reminds me to appreciate the natural world as well as the brevity of life. Jane Kenyon lived in my hometown and was married to National Poet Laureate, Donald Hall. There's a Bill Moyers PBS documentary on the couple from the early 90s. CHECK.IT.OUT. As with her later poems, this one took a darker turn as she succumbed to her leukemia.

The nerdy part regarding this poem pertains to our middle-high school band playing an arrangement of this poem. Like the poem, the musical arrangement was sad but accepting of the circumstances of life. Feel free to hit up youtube for some sound middle school arrangements!

Jane's work has been compared to Sylvia Plath's and has been praised for its use of rural description, which was no doubt inspired by her Northern New England surroundings!

Let Evening Come stayed with me over the years, and that's why it'll be in my pocket!



PS. What poem will/would you put your pocket?!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Celebrate National Poetry Month with BLACKOUT POETRY

Blackout Poetry
Wednesday, April 25th

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm 

Teen Area 

In celebration of National Poetry Month, we’ll be providing pages to make your own unique erasure poetry! With existing text, blackout poets isolate then piece single words or short phrases to create poems and in some cases, magnificent artwork! While the initial pages of text won’t be unique, the framing and creating of your personal poem and artwork will be! Be loud and be heard! Happy National Poetry Month!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Needle Recommends 'From Here to Eternity' by Caitlin Doughty

From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty

“I have come to believe that the merits of a death custom are not based on mathematics (e.g., 36.7 percent a "barbarous act"), but on emotions, a belief in the unique nobility of one's own culture. That is to say, we consider death rituals savage only when they don't match our own.”
I rarely read nonfiction. So rarely, in fact, that my parents felt the need to get me this book as a gift to “expand my horizons.” Needless to say, I was hardly thrilled with the prospect of starting it but I ended up enjoying it more than I expected.

From Here to Eternity is a recounting of author/mortician Caitlin Doughty’s travels through different cultures and the different ways people deal with the death of their loved ones, and often more importantly, celebrate their lives even long after they have died. Each section of the book is dedicated to a different funerary custom from around the world, including cultures in Indonesia, Mexico, Spain, Japan, Bolivia, and even a few non-traditional practices in the United States.

The topics she explored were very interesting and were definitely the highlight of the book, which I guess is to be expected from a work of nonfiction. Doughty is supposed to be funny, and unfortunately her style of humor and writing in general wasn’t doing it for me. It felt just a little too immature and like she was trying too hard, but the fascinating subjects and exploration of different customs were just enough to make up for the somewhat lacking writing.

I was also worried that this book would be overly depressing, since it is literally all about death. However, it is important to know that the tone is overall very uplifting. While she does discuss the nitty-gritty of various funerary practices, the real emphasis of the book is the importance of family, celebration, and remembrance of those who have passed.

I recommend this book to anyone who, like me, is looking to dip their toes into the realm of nonfiction writing, or anyone who is perhaps already submerged and is interested in learning about different cultures and family practices from around the world.

Doughty, Caitlin. From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good in Death. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2017.

Review written by Needle, Teen Volunteer

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Teen Vacation Events!

Hey Teens!

Are you around this fine April vacation week?! We'd love to see you for the events we're hosting this week!

Tuesday, April 17th
Teen Movie - Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Robbins Community Room

Wednesday, April 18th
Teen Drop-In Video Games
WiiU or PS4. Nintendo Switch COMING SOON.
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Teen Area

Thursday, April 19th
Teen Drop-In Wanderlust Crafts
Map Magnets & Bracelet Cuffs
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

All these events are for grades 6 to 12. Please check out our events calendar for more information on each individual event!

Thanks for your time and support, and have a fantastic vacation!

See you around!


Sunday, April 8, 2018

Want to Listen to a Book?

Climbing statistics from 2017 demonstrate that LISTENING to books is a THING. A THING. According to the Pew Research Center, about three-quarters of Americans picked up a book in the last year. The shocking change revealed that about one in five Americans listened to a book! SAY WHAT?! Furthermore, one in four 'young adults' listened to an audiobook! With these promising stats, we have a lot of LISTENING TO DO in 2018!

As someone who frequents audiobooks, I want to address some common misconceptions for commanding adults and teens alike...
  1. Audiobooks are bulky in CD or Playaway form. 
    • FALSE: You can listen to books on your smartphone with the help of a little app called Libby. Like an audiobook physically in the library, you may have to place a hold and wait for an available copy. However, its free and worth the wait! 
  2. Audiobooks via apps take up a lot of my phone's storage.
    • TRUE: If you continue to download files via the elder app, Overdrive, yes, it will take up some space for a bit of time.
    • WORKAROUND: If you download Libby, the flashy younger sibling to Overdrive, it will be quicker, and you won't have to store said files!
  3. Audiobooks take forever to finish.
    • TRUE: Yes, some audiobooks take forever!
    • WORKAROUND: You have 30 minutes to commute to school...Guess what you could be doing with those 30 spare minutes?! YESSSS, you could be listening to a book!  
    • WORKAROUND 2: Choose some teen audiobooks - most max out at around 10 hours. Think about that commute back and forth. You'll complete a book in 10 days! 
  4. Audiobooks are kind of like continuous podcasts.
    • TRUE: If that's how you want to consider it, YES. You could basically listen to a mystery and finish it, not having to wait for the following episode! WHAT?! 
  5. Regarding comprehension, listening to audiobooks just doesn't compare to reading books.
    • TRUE/FALSE: There are no real conclusive findings that demonstrate what works for each individual. According to psychologist Daniel Willingham, there's really no difference in the mental processes that are involved in listening and reading to a book. In other words, they're both beneficial! 
    • TRUE/FALSE: Your teacher tells you audiobooks are not comparable to physical books. Again, if we look at Willingham, it depends on your individual strengths!
    • HONESTLY, it depends on how you like to take in information! Do you enjoy listening to stories or would you instead immerse yourself in words on a page?! Similar to the books you choose to read, genres and topic habits, it depends on what you enjoy! 
Give yourself the time to read one book, and then try listening to another book. Compare & contrast how you retained the information from each book - the plot, characters, world-building, info from specific chapters, etc. See what happens! Surprise yourself or better yet, confirm what you already knew! 

Ultimately, we're here to help, and we look forward to finding you your next great book or audiobook! ;) 

See you soon! 


PS. We have at least a few listeners on the Reference Desk, and we'd all be happy to recommend an audiobook that fits your needs!